Saturday, October 22, 2016

Evolutionary Debunking of Morality

For those interested in evolutionary debunking arguments in ethics, here are three good (advanced) overviews:

K. Mason, “Debunking Arguments and the Genealogy of Religion and Morality,” Philosophy Compass 5 (2010): 770–778. (Click here.)

K. Vavova, “Evolutionary Debunking of Moral Realism,” Philosophy Compass 10 (2015): 104–116. (Click here.)

E. Wielenberg, “Ethics and Evolutionary Theory,” forthcoming in Analysis. (Click here.)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

International Conference on Skepticism in Hamburg

There is a Call for Papers for an International Conference on Scepticism, organized by the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies – Jewish Scepticism. The conference will be held on 8-11 May, 2017 at the University of Hamburg (Germany). The conference committee invites six young scholars (PhD candidates and postdocs) to participate in one of the two round-table discussions of the conference by giving a 20-minute lecture on a topic broadly related to scepticism, followed by 10–20 minutes of discussion and Q&A. The topics of the roundtables are: “Scepticism in Antiquity and the Middle Ages” (three lectures) and “Scepticism in (Early) Modern and Contemporary Times” (three lectures). All lectures should be based on current or future research projects.

PhD candidates or postdocs who wish to present papers are requested to submit a 200-word abstract and a CV until 15th October 2016 to the e-mail account listed below. Expenses for travel and accommodation will be covered by the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies.

For further information and questions please contact:

Maria Wazinski
phone: +49-(0)40-42838-8605

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hume's Skepticism

A new book on Hume's skepticism has just been published in series SpringerBriefs in Philosophy: David Hume, Sceptic, by Zuzana Parusniková. For more information, go here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Skepticism and Politics in Cicero

Palgrave Macmillan has just published Walter Nicgorski's Cicero's Skepticism and His Recovery of Political Philosophy. For complete information, click here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Those interested in the “skeptical” aspects of the Sophists' views might want to know about the publication of a new French translation of both Platon's Gorgias and Gorgias's Encomium of Helen

Gorgias de Platon, suivi d'Éloge d'Hélène de Gorgias, translated by Stéphane Marchand and Pierre Ponchon (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2016).

For more information, go here.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Garner's Beyond Morality

In 1994, Richard Garner published Beyond Morality (Temple University Press), in which he defends moral error theory and moral abolitionism. The book was out of print for a few years, but in 2014 was republished by Echo Point Books & Media. For more information, go here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Job at Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies

Pending approval of external funding, the Universität Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate for the project “Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies - Jewish Scepticism.” The position starts on 01.01.2017 and will be associated to the Institute for Jewish Philosophy and Religion at the Department of Humanities/Philosophy at the University of Hamburg. The position is remunerated at the salary level TV-L 14 and calls for 39 hours per week. The term is fixed to 28.02.2019. The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with the Hamburg Equality Act.

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates can also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications. 

Specific Duties
The successful applicant will be responsible for the publication series of the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies and conduct research within the field of (Jewish) Scepticism. 

A university degree in a relevant subject plus doctorate. Furthermore the following skills and work experience are required: 
- Native English language skills. 
- The knowledge of additional languages relevant for the project, such as Hebrew, French, Italian, Latin, Greek or Arabic, is desirable. 
- Experience in publishing and editing scientific publications (monographs, text editions, etc.). 
- Profound knowledge in (Jewish) philosophy.The applicant's research should be directly connected to a field relevant to the Maimonides Centre's research focus. 
- Applicants not proficient in German are expected to acquire proficiency in due time. 

Severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants. 

For further information, please contact Maria Wazinski, M.A. ( or consult the Centre's website at

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s), a publication list and two recommendation letters. The application deadline is 20.09.2016. 

Please send applications to: Interviews will be held in October 2016.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Hiddenness Argument

John Schellenberg (Mount Stain Vincent University) recently published another book in philosophy of religion: The Hiddenness Argument: Philosophy's New Challenge to Belief in God (OUP, 2015).

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Skepticism in Kant

The latest issue of the European Journal of Philosophy (42/2, 2016) contains Owen Ware's “Skepticism in Kant's Groundwork.” It can be found here.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Again on the Scope of Sextus's Skepticism

The latest issue of the Italian journal Syzetesis (III/1, 2016) contains Massimo Catapano's “Natura e storia nello scetticismo urbano di Sesto Empirico.” I don't know how good the article is because haven't had the time to read it yet, but you can access the entire issue for free here.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

New Issue of Sképsis

Issue 13 of the Brazilian journal Sképsis is now out. You can access it for free here.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Wittgenstein and Skepticism

There's a new entry in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy dealing with Wittgenstein's views on skepticism and recent Wittgenstein-inspired anti-skeptical strategies: Wittgenstein: Epistemology, by Nicola Claudio Salvatore (University of Campinas).

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Some Videos on Skepticism

You can find here a few videos, mainly in Portuguese, dealing with various forms of skepticism.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sextus on Dogmatic Logic

I've just found out about this paper by Emidio Spinelli (Rome): “Sesto Empirico contro alcuni strumenti dogmatici del vero,” Humanitas 71 (2016): 136-148. I haven't found any link to an online version.